TO KNOW THAT WE DON’T KNOW IS KNOWINGNESS ITSELF

To Know That We Don’t Know Is Knowingness Itself

To know that we don’t know
is proof that we do know –
but we don’t realise that we know.
This is why we feel uncomfortable.

We really do know.
We know now.
We have always known.

But we still ignore this knowingness.
Why?

We obsess about facts and, in doing so,
miss the knowingness itself.
This is the great distraction, the deep sleep.

The more that we think we know,
the further we move away from knowingness.

All we have to do is recognise the knowingness
that is ever present;
that knowingness is pure consciousness.

Working within knowingness
keeps everything fresh, simple and relaxed.

People might think, “So what?”
“So what?” is turning over, and going back to sleep.

Knowingness is wakefulness,
seeing the causes of karma.

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HOW DO WE KNOW WE ARE NORMAL?

How Do We Know We Are Normal?

We assume we are normal, because our behaviour is in keeping with those around us. The word ‘normal’ relates to a carpenter’s square – something we can rely on, a perfect position from which we can tell when we are true or not, like a spirit level. In human terms, what is our perfect, reliable state, our true norm?

Is our spirit, level? 
How many of those around us have a level spirit?

A level spirit – or consciousness – is a state of perfect equilibrium, perfect balance.
Once we realise this, we can then take a good look around, and understand.

Normal is having empathy;
unconditional love.

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Look at your mind.
Note all those assumptions.
Realise that you are not those assumptions.
You are mind essence, the life-force of pure consciousness itself.

Drop any clinging to assumptions; they are not yours, anyway.
Through this realisation, your life will be filled with potential.
Instead of limiting intelligence to an intellect,
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DO WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY?

Do We Want Everyone To Be Happy?

Well, yes, of course we do … hmm … and yet … ?

If we are all happy with our lot, we will stay as we are, “living the dream”. To love our servitude was the theme of Aldous Huxley’s book, Brave New World.

The Buddha rightly said that the first step to enlightenment was admitting that we are dissatisfied and suffering due to our dream-self identity, our self worth, our allotted place in the world.

Confusion and malpractice are the reasons that Dzogchen is relevant at this time in world history. Dzogchen is the Tibetan teaching that we are pure consciousness, known as Rigpa.

It is through dissatisfaction that we ascend the levels. A teaching may be satisfying at a moment in time, but then gradually, doesn’t seem so complete to us, although it is complete according to that level or approach.

In our hearts, we are all one, but in the mind, we have our own confusions and doubts, and feel uncomfortable with our allotted place.

Not all of us are comfortable relying on devotion.
Not all of us are comfortable relying on direct wisdom.

If we rely on conditions, our happiness will be dependent.
Happiness that does not reply on conditions will be independent.

Our perfect teacher is our own reactions.

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OUR COVENANT WITH THE DHARMA

Our Covenant With The Dharma

Our covenant with the Dharma:
To be free and never disappointed.

Our covenant with religion:
To be bound and to conform.

Our covenant with society:
To be bound to compassion.

Conform: to be moulded.
Dharma: to break the mould.

Conformity is the act of matching our behaviour in response to subtle unconscious influences and  social pressure to feel secure within a group.

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SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM: ACTING APART

Spiritual Materialism: Acting Apart

Authentic spirituality is the empathetic study
of the inner psychology of consciousness.

It never excludes others.

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IS THERE A UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE WATCHING OVER US?

Is There A Universal Principle Watching Over Us?

Yes.
It’s called karma, which is created by our attitude,
and shows us the way to enlightenment.

Karma is the result of previous actions and reactions; it is this that controls our motivations. Kind and unkind activities both create pleasant and unpleasant situations. We should not cling to either as that creates more karma. Good karma is favourable but has to viewed carefully, as we can fall into making all sorts of claims.

The moment before judgement starts is known as the yoga of one taste. It is, first and foremost, just experience – pure experience, pure consciousness. The decision about whether the experience is pleasant or unpleasant comes a moment after. That is how the universal teacher – the symbolic teacher of all phenomena, karma – guides us. The quality of our existence is always in our own hands.

The universe doesn’t control what happens to us. We do. If we ignore the ice on our path, we will come under the law of gravity. The universal law of karma just sets our scene, and we can either stick to our script, or end the drama.

Whether we want to call the universal principle ‘God’ or ‘pure consciousness’ is up to us, but the work takes place within our own mind and heart.

The three pure, universal principles lie in the wisdom of
emptiness, compassion and consciousness.

The law of karma is created
when we ignore those three principles,
and they transform into desire, fear and indifference.

In this way, karma becomes our teacher,
and leads us back to the three pure principles.

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BECOMING TOO ECLECTIC

Becoming Too Eclectic

If we wonder what the best approach is, but never settle on any particular one, we may be confusing ourself.

Settle and focus on one view, one system or one method that appeals. Really get into this; see how it feels, and how it relates to other systems. Find the main theme of a system and rest in that. It won’t hurt! If we become too eclectic, we may keep swapping one idea or dream for another.

All systems ultimately dwell in silence. That dwelling in silence is meditation. We only read or listen to inspire and keep us positive.

The summit is perfect understanding of all paths. There are many approaches leading up to this. Our journey is something we undertake, rather than something others have done. Because people do long retreats doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to; our retreat may be dealing with our emotions while living among other people, being a stable, town yogi. As such, we are maintaining inner peace in all this confusion.

The mind will run around in circles but ultimately, there is pure observation that is spontaneously present. We can call that whatever we want although, in reality, it can have no name. If we name it, we are back to relating, referring and fossilising it in duality dogma.

Find a quiet space at home, outside or maybe in a church – a place that is released from worldly vibrations. Rest in mental silence. Be aware of sitting and breathing. Be aware of the space you occupy. Become one with that space. See how that feels. Realise that oneness-of-space feeling is the summit of non-duality, and nothing else.

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PROMOTING DIVERSITY PROMOTES ALIENATION

Promoting Diversity Promotes Alienation

Promoting diversity promotes alienation, and they know it.
Who are they?
The promoters.

We are constantly being divided and ruled. Divide and conquer is the dark art of a cultural war.

From Wikipedia:
Divide and rule (Latin: divide et impera), or divide and conquer in politics and sociology, is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.The use of this technique is meant to empower the sovereign to control subjects, populations, or factions of different interests, who, collectively, might be able to oppose his rule.”

Niccolò Machiavelli advises in his book, The Art of War (1521), that a Captain should endeavour with every art, including suspicion, to divide the forces of any enemy, causing them to separate and become weaker. This is how the few control,

In our hearts, we are all one, but in our minds, we differ due to backgrounds and cultures. We have different aims in life.

Diversity of people is wonderful and colourful and tasty but, unfortunately, it is also the ingredient for provocateurs and trolls to create distrust with the aim of generating hatred. Accusations of hate crimes can then be applied, and the once-whole community splits up and divides. While there are two sides to every story, there may be just one cause – confusion. In consenting to take sides, we give our power away.

Through meditation, perception changes.
We no longer merely see situations:
we see through them, to their causes and conditions.

Being aware is being prepared.

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HOW TO CONTROL HUMANITY

How To Control Humanity

By embellishing a non-existent enemy.

Number one: believing in a Self.
Have you ever seen it?

Number two: creating diversity.
Our commonality is a pure heart,
rather than an identity.

Number three: ignoring one and two.

If we believe in a Self and diversity,
we become a panicking “bull in a china shop”.

Whatever happens in the material world
cannot affect a pure heart.

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SELF REALISATION – WE DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE ANYTHING

Self Realisation – We Don’t Have To Change Anything

We don’t have to change anything for self realisation.
We only have to see our self in action,
and then we know what to do.

Our illusory self image will be with us until enlightenment.
Trying to change it is trying to swap one dream for another.

Being happy with our self,
we have all we need to fulfil our heart’s desire.

We are not copying others;
we are following our path to reality.

In seeing our self in action, what is it that we see?
Pointless clinging.

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WHAT IF WE BELIEVE IN GOD?

What If We Believe In God?

If we believe in God, or communicate with those who believe in God, there is no need for separation. We all have a right to choose our path and way of life, which will ultimately lead to the same destination – our destiny.

Making a decision that our path is through God – through God consciousness – can lead to union, oneness, non-duality. It is our birthright to be free to choose what we value and how we value it. When we consider something and come to a conclusion, it’s such a wonderful feeling, with a sense of relief and acceptance.

On an esoteric level, there are no differences.

I don’t know about other countries, but in the UK, there is something called Common Law, or Natural Law. Its main tenet or theme is “Do no harm.” This is very much in keeping with living a good life and finding our way while remaining at peace.

On an exoteric level, “Do no harm” seems straightforward; we may think it means don’t hit someone :-). From an esoteric viewpoint, we do no harm in body, speech … and mind. Don’t even think it! That makes the path both challenging and practical for progress, and exemplifies why the esoteric is for the few.

At the exoteric level, there is reliance on belief, and we jog along, going up and down like everyone else. If, however, we take this teaching to heart, it becomes our way of life – and that is the esoteric level.

Our path is all about gaining confidence. Unshakeable confidence, so unshakeable that it needn’t be defended, and we are never offended. Being offended may cause harm to another’s mind, and this is where generosity, patience, morality, discipline, concentration and wisdom come to the fore.

May belief dawn wisdom.
May confusion dawn as wisdom.
Wisdom is beyond words and names.
Happiness is beyond words and names.

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OUR MIND HAS BECOME OUR CINEMA

Our Mind Has Become Our Cinema

Our thoughts and emotions are creations in our mind; it is our cinema full of projections that entertains, distracts and lulls us into dreams.

The audience is the essence of mind – pure consciousness.

When pure consciousness clings to these projections, it downgrades into an organ of perception and memories, and our mind becomes captured. Pure consciousness can never be captured – not even by us – because it isn’t a thing created. It just is. It can never be found through searching, as it is that which seeks. This is like the eyes trying to see themselves; they can only be seen in a reflection. If we want to see the quality of our consciousness, we should look into our mind and see whatever it is projecting.

For the first time in human history, we are so bombarded with images that, by the age of 16, we know everything – or think we do – while actually experiencing nothing. Our world is just a series of junk films through we live, and these are so exciting that, in actual life, we become easily bored. That is the addiction trap … “What do I do when the series ends?” More will produced for you! Sad, isn’t it?

Experiencing nothing in reality, there is nothing to live for. Our search for relief creates boredom, which is a psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in the nowness of experience, and feels pointless. This modern technological phenomenon has become our cultural dimension. Apathy and depression naturally follow, leaving us under-stimulated and craving relief through more cinema time (‘cinema’ is interchangeable with drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, news … social media … sport … religion … politics …

It makes one wonder what the cause of suicide is.
A feeling of pointlessness?

There is a vital point to life, and this knowledge is being denied.
We are not here because we are an arrangement of chemicals.
We are not made to be cinema-goers.
We are here to realise what we are – in reality.

We are pure consciousness beyond consciousness.

Step outside any cinema projection and blink.
Wake up to all the senses.
Wow! Doesn’t it taste good?

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ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOU?

Are You Satisfied With You?

Any dissatisfaction can be the beginning of enlightenment. If we aren’t dissatisfied, we stay as we are – unenlightened. Dissatisfaction could be about our self, or the world in which we live. Can we change our self or the world in which we live? Yes but, like a new coat, it has to fit properly so that we can address the world with our new-found wisdom.

We assume that we are the contents of our mind. That’s me! says science. Science might say our self is our sense of who we are, deep down – our identity. When we let someone else know us well, we reveal our true self to them, but that is merely a set of ideas. If the subject of our thoughts is us, we’re thinking about our self all the time.

The problem is that we aren’t seeing properly. We ignore what is seeing those thoughts. Asked what that is, people can only say, “Me!” This is the conjuring loop in which we live. When we start to investigate our selves, the answers come only from a spiritual point of view – the non-reified self. Words such as ‘spirit’, ‘soul’, ‘consciousness’ are used, and this can lead to confusion and argument.

We cannot be words.
We are pure experience.
We are therefore not those thoughts about ‘me’.

Pure experience has no identity:
it is pure consciousness.
Science does not say anything this.

A true scientist just sees in the first instant
– we can all just see in the first instant.
We are all true scientists.

Be satisfied with your dissatisfied self,
for its dissatisfaction is the path to enlightenment.

It’s a funny, old, upside-down world.

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JUST BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN IN A ‘HOLY’ BOOK …

Just Because It Is Written In A ‘Holy’ Book …
… doesn’t make it the actual truth.

The actual truth is in our proven, personal experience.
Words are merely a guide, a reminder; that’s all.

Words have no life of their own; it is we who give them life.
To flog words and whip up a frenzy is ‘flogging a dead horse’.
This is futile diligence.

Believing in words from a book,
we become imprisoned by a war of illusions.

Reality is realised experience.

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UNCONSCIOUS BRAIN-WASHING

Unconscious Brain-Washing

This is why we have to ‘get out’ mentally while we can!

From My Dinner With Andre:
This script was written in 1981
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8v_XqFO8Bc

Wally: Well, why…why do you think that is? I mean, why is that, I mean, is it just because people are…are lazy today, or they’re bored? I mean, are we just like bored, spoiled children who’ve just been lying in the bathtub all day just playing with their plastic duck, and now they’re just thinking, “Well, what can I do?”

Andre: Okay. Yes. We’re bored. We’re all bored now. But has it every occurred to you, Wally, that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks. And it’s not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody who’s bored is asleep? And somebody who’s asleep will not say “no”?

Andre: See, I keep meeting these people, I mean, uh, just a few days ago I met this man whom I greatly admire, he’s a Swedish physicist, Gustav Björnstrand, and he told me that he no longer watches television, he doesn’t read newspapers, and he doesn’t read magazines. He’s completely cut them out of his life because he really does feel that we’re living in some kind of Orwellian nightmare now, and that everything that you hear now contributes to turning you into a robot.

Andre: And when I was at Findhorn, I met this extraordinary English tree expert who had devoted his life to saving trees. Just got back from Washington, lobbying to save the redwoods, he’s 84 years old, and he always travels with a backpack cause he never knows where he’s gonna be tomorrow. And when I met him at Findhorn, he said to me, “Where are you from?” and I said, “New York.” He said, “Ah, New York. Yes, that’s a very interesting place. Do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave, but never do?” And I said, “Oh, yes.” And he said, “Why do you think they don’t leave?” I gave him different banal theories. He said, “Oh, I don’t think it’s that way at all.”

Andre: He said, “I think that New York is the new model for the new concentration camp, where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves, and the inmates are the guards, and they have this pride in this thing they’ve built. They’ve built their own prison. And so they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners, and as a result, they no longer have, having been lobotomized, the capacity to leave the prison they’ve made or to even see it as a prison.” And then he went into his pocket, and he took out a seed for a tree and he said, “This is a pine tree.” He put it in my hand and he said, “Escape before it’s too late.”

Andre: See, actually, for two or three years now, Chiquita and I have had this very unpleasant feeling that we really should get out. That we really should feel like Jews in Germany in the late thirties. Get out of here. Of course, the problem is where to go, cause it seems quite obvious that the whole world is going in the same direction. See, I think it’s quite possible that the 1960s represented the last burst of the human being before he was extinguished and that this is the beginning of the rest of the future now, and that, from now on there’ll simply be all these robots walking around, feeling nothing, thinking nothing. And there’ll be nobody left almost to remind them that there once was a species called a human being, with feelings and thoughts, and that history and memory are right now being erased, and soon nobody will really remember that life existed on the planet.

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DOES EVIL EXIST TO TEST US?

Does Evil Exist To Test Us?

The universe is a place of opposites: dark and light, good and evil, selflessness and selfishness, mirror and reflection, appearances and recognition … when, in fact, none of these are separate. There cannot be one without the other.

We have two sides to us; thoughts and the observation of thoughts, self consciousness and pure consciousness.

There are two aspects to realisation; the negative and the positive.
There are two approaches to realisation; to start either at the beginning or at the end.

Our approach to a path may be through the positive or the negative – the good, or that which obscures the good. Most of us want to consider only pleasant things such as that we are Buddhas, and we do compassionate prayers for all, but we don’t exemplify Buddha nature or actually have compassion. This where the opposite approach comes in: what is it that stops me being a Buddha and actually having compassion?

The two approaches to realisation are either to start at the beginning and do focused meditation to set the scene in order to arrive at pure consciousness, or to start at the end by being introduced to pure consciousness and then using focused meditation when we become distracted.

Although absolute/supreme/God consciousness is what we are, we can pretend and dwell in a belief system, happy as long as nothing disturbs us. If, however, we are fully aware of disturbing forces – the evil in the world going under names such as Mara, Devil, Satan, Lucifer – these can bring light to us. Evil is testing us, seeking out and showing us our weaknesses. The ‘goodness approach’ doesn’t do that.

The first noble truth is to admit that we are dissatisfied/suffering. No one does this better than evil intent, as it lies in constant ambush. How do we recognise this ambush? It’s in our own likes and dislikes.

At a certain level of practice,
the evil in the world wakes us up.

Ultimately, evil can never win,
as it works constantly to feed our emotions.

All we have to do is see this in action
– and we are free.

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PERPETUAL CONFLICT TAKES US TO THE EDGE

Perpetual Conflict Takes Us To The Edge
… of beyond.

When we realise that the life we are leading just doesn’t work any more, we ask why. The answer always comes from within, as we know our own story and what caused our doubts and fears. That story is the result our past reactions, which is called karma, and we can usually trace this back to childhood.

Facing our fears, we realise that there was nothing there to fear; we have merely been going along with ideas that become far too limited. Don’t blame those ideas, for they know not what they do! 😀 We acquire ideas from others who, in turn, acquired their ideas from others, generation after generation.

If we only believe in this physical and mental existence, life will never feel right because that isn’t our complete story. We all know instinctively that there is something more to us. Unfortunately, when we feel we are on the edge – on the verge of new possibilities – we run back to something familiar through habit, and end up feeling ‘not right’ … and round we go again. That is our karmic rebirth.

Beyond this physical and mental existence is our original reality of pure, astral consciousness. Once we realise and accept this, there is no going back to our old ways, and no more karmic recycling. We just deal with the residue from our past, whether pleasant and unpleasant. This is where life becomes magical, and we laugh an honest laugh – “There I go again!”

Don’t blame yourself, for,
like everyone else,
you knew not what you did, and why.
😀

We may ask,
“Why didn’t I see that before?”

At the right time and place, self-realisations occur.

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THE CERTAINTY OF POSITIVITY

The Certainty Of Positivity

Whenever we feel upset and negative,
it is certain that that which is aware of feeling upset and negative
is positive consciousness.

Positive consciousness is nothing other than pure consciousness.
Never doubt that we are pure consciousness,
the hero we have been looking for.

Hero: a person who is admired for their courage,
outstanding achievements or noble qualities.

Those qualities are our ultimate truth.

When we truly understand karma,
we realise that we are responsible for everything in our life.

In uncertain times, realise what is certain.

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PHENOMENA = CATALYST = REACTION = TEACHER = REALISATION

Phenomena = Catalyst = Reaction = Teacher = Realisation

Our being is the clarity of uncontaminated consciousness, which is completely content, understanding and compassionate. Being in a body, we experience all sorts of phenomena – both pleasant and unpleasant – but before judgement rises, we remain in the original state of pure consciousness.

Reacting to temporary phenomena clouds and contaminates the mind by distracting it, and causes confusion and doubt to arise. Once we realise our true nature of emptiness/shunyata, any reaction in our mind is seen clearly, and spontaneously reminds us of our pure state. Appearances and recognition are simultaneous. It is from this viewpoint that we can now address the world without causing harm, and hopefully be of benefit. That is wisdom.

Being otherwise, we are the cause of confusion, disagreement and harm.
All events are catalysts that act as a reminder
to curb the habitual behaviour which is the cause of our dissatisfaction.

If others want us to have a reaction, be aware … be very aware.

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Phenomena: a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.

Catalyst: person or thing that precipitates an event or reaction.

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BRAIN? MIND? CONSCIOUSNESS?

Brain? Mind? Consciousness?

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The brain is a complex wiring system of conduits carrying information. As we experience, the brain develops memory patterns, creating a specific configuration of mind. Consciousness – the life force intelligence – flows through the space within the wiring; the axons. It is through

experience and repetition that the pathways develop, but these cannot go further without personal experience.

This point is very important when it comes to our understanding. Imagine a town you know: in your mind’s eye, you can only go along the streets where you’ve actually been. Nothing registers about the areas you haven’t visited, and so you go back to what is familiar. Of course, there is some subliminal information that gets into our system without us noticing, because we may not be sufficiently aware.

When talking to someone who hasn’t had the same experiences as us, there is a lack of recognition; nothing ‘lights up’ and we are met with a blank expression.

NB Brain cells that are damaged due to a stroke are not beyond repair. They can regenerate. This process of creating new cells is called neurogenesis. With practise and repetition (like everything else), recovery usually occurs during the first three to four months after a stroke.

When does consciousness enter the body? There are different views on this. The word ‘enter’ may suggest many things. Is consciousness created by chemicals, suggesting that it is an organ of perception? Or perhaps consciousness enters the body – in which case, we may infer – or not – that consciousness can also leave the body. Two views, two ways of seeing life.

The mind can change.
The brain can change.
Consciousness never changes.

Practise meditation and see the mind expand.
It is through the quality of our mind that we express our configuration-programming.

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OUR MISSION CHOOSES US

Our Mission Chooses Us

If our intention is to discover our true reality, that motivation attracts empathy and inspiration. Likewise, if our intention is to gain over others, that motivation attracts empathy and inspiration – of another kind.

Do we find our teachers, or do our teachers find us?

Life can take some very strange twists and turns, causing our path to change direction. Events become serendipitous – being beneficial to our intention – but where we finally end up depends on our motivation.

When old opportunities wear themselves out and new opportunities are presented, our motivation can become vulnerable. Making the most out of opportunities can be perilous if we are too enthusiastic.

The conundrum:
new situations may be used either for benefit or harm.

If our intention is self-orientated, we will utilise new opportunities.
If our intention is selfless, we will utilise new opportunities.

How we respond is an indication of which path we are on.
Every moment we attract something;
our teachers come in many forms.

Is there any evidence of attraction?
Well, it’s in the way that we see.
The attraction from selfless motivation is that we see everything as an expansion of love.
The attraction from selfish motivation is that we see everything as something to gain.

Do we see the universe as fragmented or as a unity?

When we pray, we speak and the universe listens in silence.
When we meditate, we listen and the universe speaks in silence.

The universe speaks in principles of pure, conscious compassion.
When these are ignored, those same principles transform into
desire, aversion and ignorance.

Blow your mind today … now … by paying attention.

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“I GET NOTHING OUT OF MEDITATION”

I Get Nothing Out Of Meditation”

See how easy it is to misunderstand
… and tell the truth!

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MEDITATION MEANS DISTANCE AND INSEPARABILITY

Meditation Means Distance And Inseparability

Meditation = distance = Shamata = focus = duality
transforming into
Meditation = inseparability = Vipassana = awareness = non-duality.

Distance: watching the traffic jam.
Inseparability: being one with the traffic.

We are the most sophisticated mechanism in the universe
– even while we are shopping and watching football.

Meditation isn’t about stopping thoughts;
it’s about being aware of what the thoughts are doing to us.
That serves as a spontaneous reminder
of the presence of pure awareness.

Meditation is simple, ordinary and natural …
we do it without thinking!

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HOW AND WHY WE ARE THE WAY WE ARE

How And Why Are We The Way We Are?

It’s all to do with experience. Unfortunately, when we hear the word ‘experience’, we assume that we experience everything. We don’t, and haven’t, so ours is therefore a limited experience as we are not fully enlightened yet. Of course, in our small reality, we know everything don’t we? 🙂 Taken out of that reality, however, we flounder. We learn a little something in life, but we rarely wonder where’s that’s leading.

In our early years, whatever we experience, we repeat. This forms the pathways in our brain, our memory bank, our programming, our behaviour and our fixations. These pathways are our hard drive, while the software is written by our experiences, and forms memories. The effect is reminiscent of brand awareness, when recall takes place before we know it. For this reason, we are not fully in control of ourselves.

Whenever something happens, we refer to memory, and that is why we exist in a loop of cyclic existence. We live by fears and hopes, and conform to a type = vertical thinking. The ‘us’ is created through the feedback we receive from others, to which we respond, forming our ‘social I’ and self identity.

There is a method to break out of this pattern of behaviour. It’s called meditation. Meditation is letting go, and opening up to fresh possibilities = lateral thinking.

Choosing to stay with our special programming of ‘it’s all about me’ is vertical thinking = monkey see, monkey do. If, however, we choose to stop and see things afresh, that is lateral thinking = monkey sees, monkey wonders 😀

The choice:
conform or be elevated.

Elevate: Latin elevat- ‘raised’, from the verb elevare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, away’ + levare  ‘lighten’ (from levis ‘light’).

Don’t feel guilty about conforming.
We all do it until a conflict arises,
and we then either awaken to new meanings
or run back to our ‘safe’ place.

Waking up is truly uncomfortable
as there are no reference points
– but there is a sense of possibilities.

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FEEDBACK

Feedback

Feedback:
The action, reaction, action, reaction loop.

We relate to the world through feedback. It is through feedback that we develop a social I, and this is how we become a closed loop: “Good boy!” “Bad boy!” “Anthony is a dreamer.” 😀

Our problem is that we output bias, and then acquire more output bias from others’ input.  Simply put, we believe the feedback and act on it, when we should question both others’ feedback, and what we hold in mind.

“Okay, I’m dreamer, and that’s my part in life.”
or 
“Hmm … am I a dreamer? I am not ready for your view. 
I need time to consider your theory”. 😀

Feedback occurs when outputs of a system are routed back as inputs as part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms a circuit or loop. The system can then be said to feed back into itself. The notion of cause-and-effect has to be handled carefully when applied to feedback systems, ie listening to others.

Simple causal reasoning about a feedback system is difficult because the first system (us) influences the second (others) and the second system (others) influences the first (us), leading to a circular argument (compounded confusion). This makes reasoning based upon cause and effect tricky, and it’s necessary to analyse (meditate!) on the system as a whole. 😀

Meditate and watch the feedback-monster release itself from pure mind.
Feedback turns out to be karma.

The purpose of meditation is to break the cherished circuit.

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THE COMPANY WE KEEP

The Company We Keep

Our progress depends on the quality of the company we keep; the influence for the good. Good company can elevate and inspire us never to lose heart. This company may be human, or it may be the ancient teachings that are devoid of cultural elaborations attached to them.

All spiritual teachings come down to one point – that we are pure consciousness. That is the highest wisdom in the infinite universe. Symbolic elaborations serve as a reminder, but remember, they are a substitute.

And unfortunately, the substitute is more spectacular
than the reality.

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THE INVERSION OF SOCIETY

The Inversion Of Society

Ayn Rand described the Kali Yuga:
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” — Ayn Rand 1905-1982

If there is darkness, there must be light.
That light is the clarity of consciousness.

When we truly empathise, we feel the pain of others.
If we do not feel the pain of others,
we think suffering is normal.

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IN MEDITATION, THERE IS NO MEDITATOR

In Meditation, There Is No Meditator

If we think we are meditating, that is not meditating.
In meditation, there is nothing to refer to;
meditation is to remind us that all mental activities cease,
allowing pure consciousness just to be.

It’s the way to contact home.
😀

Home is our origin, our base, our essence
– pure consciousness.

How do we judge the quality of the meditation?
Through the manifestation of our inner resource of selfless kindness.

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THERE IS ONLY ONE SECRET

There Is Only One Secret

There is only one secret:
We are immaterial pure consciousness.

What we do with this information is up to us.
We can either use it to gain wisdom and compassion
or …
use it to gain power over others.

“How?”
By keeping it a secret.

Once an individual knows the reality of their true nature,
they will no longer believe otherwise.

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UNLESS WE ACTUALLY PRACTISE …

Unless We Actually Practise …

Unless we actually practise looking into our mind rather than just sitting still,
we will never realise the truth
that pure awareness is constantly present.

Truth cannot be found by talking or reading about it.

In meditation, there is a moment of doubt:
“Is this pure consciousness, or isn’t it?”

That doubt comes from the thinking mind,
while awareness/consciousness is present
simply doing nothing.

We may find that we oscillate between “Is it?” and “Isn’t it?”.
Just let it all be.

The pure experience is that feeling of limbo
– an uncertain boundary –
and that intermediate state is it!

Rest there.
That’s it.

The chattering mind, however, may want more proof.
This is where study is now relevant,
to give us confidence that that is indeed it.

Practise first, study after.
If we study first, this will flavour the practice with expectations.

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IN UNCERTAINTY, THERE IS ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY

In Uncertainty, There Is Absolute Certainty

Our mind may be uncertain,
but what recognises that uncertainty?

Do you see the catch we’re in?

We are ever-present consciousness,
which is ignored in favour of intellectual speculations.

Be absolutely certain that consciousness is always present.
It is the intelligence behind intellectualism.

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IGNORANCE IS ENCOURAGED

Ignorance Is Encouraged

We are encouraged to ignore our true reality of pure wisdom. Once we realise this however, this ‘encouragement’ becomes our guide, reminding us of what we are, rather than what we have been led to believe that we are. When investigated, we find we are wisdom beings embodied in a dream-like human form. This consciousness isn’t just an organ of perception; it is life force itself. The falsehood is that we are ‘encouraged’ to identify with whatever we perceive. That is the deception.

The dream-team of the dream-machine walks a thin line between falsehoods and truth, and it is this that has caused confusion in our mind. Unfortunately, religion does the very same thing on the exoteric level – we are expected to believe rather than know.

The more we dream, the more we sleep.
The more we see, the more we awaken.

Sleep is temporary.
Wakefulness is permanent.

So the more we are manipulated,
the clearer the guidance.

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HOW MANY DIE WITHOUT KNOWING THEIR TRUE NATURE?

How Many Die Without Knowing Their True Nature?

How many die without knowing their true nature?
How many live without knowing their true nature?
How many know their true nature
Knowledge withheld is power.

It is through meditational insight that we gain confidence in what we actually are, and realise that we are what we have always sought. It stands to reason that it is only through pure consciousness that anything can be known. That is our starting point and our finishing point.

The Alpha and Omega.
The First and the Last.
The Beginning and the End.
What we are now, and what is realised.

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WE ARE LIVING IN AN HYPNOTIC STATE

We Are All Living In An Hypnotic State

“Slowly, slowly, catchee monkey”.

Slowly, slowly, we lose our sense of reality, and give up our confidence and carefreeness.
We  stare at a screen – “Look into my eyes … interact with my screen … let the computer control you while you think you are controlling the computer.”

The monkey thinks it’s controlling what’s on the screen, while it is itself being controlled.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rXrGH52aoM

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
– witches in Macbeth.

The witches (the authorities) are calling Macbeth (the people) “wicked” when, in reality, they are the ones who are “wicked” to the extent that Macbeth’s (the people’s) wickedness can be blamed upon the witches’ prophecies (propaganda).

Meditation is the recognition of being distracted.

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STICKING ONE’S HEAD IN THE SAND

Sticking One’s Head In The Sand

Sticking one’s head in the sand
is refusing to look at unpleasant facts,
despite their influence on our life.

The first noble truth of the Buddha
is to recognise that we are dissatisfied and unhappy.
We are, in fact, suffering.

If, however, we only look for ‘good news’,
we will be unable to recognise the cause of that suffering –
an attachment to me and mine.

This is the opposite to Dharma intention,
and negates the first noble truth.

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HAVE DOUBTS, BUT DOUBT THE DOUBT

Have Doubts, But Doubt The Doubt

Doubt: a feeling of uncertainty, lack of conviction, questioning, lack of faith in something.

WE SHOULD DOUBT!
Never believe what you are told.
The Buddha said.
“Do not take my words for truth: test them for yourself.”

Only going to teachings, reading and acquiring good words can literally take us in the opposite direction from realising the truth, and we will remain just a believer – one who does not know.

Question everything, but realise what is questioning. That is the answer!

We search for the meaning of life, when the meaning of life is the ultimate reality of pure consciousness. Seeking that supreme state of being, we realise that we are – surprise, surprise – that pure being. It’s crucial to realise this, rather than merely being told about it. That supreme state of being is reading these words right now, without comment.

Do you feel the elation of the illation? 😀
The recognition of the inferred conclusion?

When receiving the pointing out instruction of the nature of mind (that we are non-dual, pure consciousness), there is a moment of doubt – “Is this it, or not?” Stay there, doubt and then let the doubt be. The moment between knowing and not knowing …

If we decide that that’s it, we reify it.
Just let it go.

This is subtle – extremely subtle – but ordinary.
Become familiar with this non-finding, and rest in non-duality.
Continue to do this until certainty is gained.

We only want something more
– something spectacular –
because of all the stories we’ve heard.

This ain’t gonna happen!
🙂

When we realise the truth,
we know what isn’t truth.

And … that’s what it’s all about.

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THE PROBLEM WITH REALISATION

The Problem With Realisation

The problem – or complication – with realising the nature of mind (pure consciousness) and that which obscures this is finding the right words for a specific occasion. We can, of course, generalise, but that isn’t accurate and can sound wishy-washy and feeble. And even if we are accurate in our understanding, saying too much can be too honest, as too much information can cause problems. And then, we have our old brain to deal with, that angry self who wanted to know what on earth it’s all about 😀 For this reason, compassion is challenging.

Realisation means empathy and compassion.
If there there is neither empathy nor compassion,
there is no realisation … just words.

Eureka moments come from emptiness.
Emptiness comes from non-duality meditation.

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OLD BRAIN FOR NEW BRAIN

Old Brain For New Brain

Old brain is a programmed memory response that governs our life = vertical thinking.
New brain is spontaneous presence, and is how we can consciously conduct our life = lateral thinking.

Old brain gets upset.
New brain wonders why.

Vertical thinking uses a sequence of accepted, logical steps to come to a conclusion.
Lateral thinking is flexible, and takes us back to the beginning to follow fresh possibilities.

We need, of course, to identify both; this stands to reason. If we only use lateral thinking, we will surely end up a little crazy! We need vertical thinking to take others along with us, to be practical and to get the job done.

Most of us are in a old brain projection, and rarely is there a wish to truly communicate. One day, our life will depend on looking again at a situation – “Do I believe whatever I’m told, or do I look at what is actually going on?” Every trial has two sides: each is believable, but the truth lies in the conditions behind the scenes.

Old brain jumps to conclusions and takes a side.
New brain just watches to see whatever lies behind a conclusion.

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POLITICS

Politics

Politics is the control of human resources.
“Never give a sucker an even chance.”
– P.T. Barnum

Politics is a game of sides, each side creating problems for the opposition to blame them – or for them to blame the opposition. This bating charade is watched by supporters. Up in the ivory tower, the owner of the stadium doesn’t care who wins as long as people become addicted and obsessed, and pay for the privilege. Payment isn’t just monetary: we also pay with a reduction in intelligence.

Politicians are voted in to put things right when, through their unconscious bias and incompetency, they actually create more problems (which is the purpose of the game). The crowd shouts out what the players should be doing which probably right, but the ivory tower isn’t listening as it has its own agenda. As long as we react, the men in the ivory tower are laughing.

The point to note is that things never improve … it is just a piece of theatre, selling lifestyles that capture consciousness. The rules of the game; the spectators are the product, and we can only take back our sanity by understanding the game.

Don’t let anyone pull the wool over your eyes.
It’s the same with spirituality, and even meditation.
Always know why you are doing something.

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NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS

Nothing Is As It Seems

We are …
deceived into consenting
born into illusions
driven by ignorance and our desire
arguing about projections.
All forms are a distraction.

The science of fiction is to make us believe
as in Plato’s Shadow Cave:

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There are deceptions, deceivers and the deceived.
We are here to realise the deception,
and be free to see beauty

Our self, our world, our illusory self image, our confusion are all our path to enlightenment. We – pure consciousness – only have to see what or who is driving us in order to realise mistaken reality.

Be grateful for just seeing; it’s the final relief of happiness. Enjoy yourself.

Knowing the real light of clarity,
we only see as others see to earn our daily bread.

Enlightenment is closer than we think.

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MONKEY MIND AND MONKEY MEMES

Monkey Mind And Monkey Memes

Monkey memes are monkey see, monkey do.
We all have a chattering monkey mind.

The solution:
through meditation,
slowly, slowly catchy monkey.

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THE WORLD IS BOTH LOTUS AND MUD

The World Is Both Lotus and Mud

The lotus symbolises purity; its roots are in the mud that nourishes the lotus. They are inseparable, and there cannot be one without the other. This unity signifies the connection of appearances and seeing. It’s spontaneous. This is how negative emotions are wisdom in the very first instant when the emotion arises. If this goes unnoticed, we sink back into the mud of concepts and despair.

The fully blooming lotus flower is enlightenment, while the many stages of the flower opening indicate levels of realisation. We move from ordinary sight to intuitive insight to clear seeing, with some little conflicts in between. 😀

The conflicts or doubts are important as these are how we transcend the levels. Unfortunately, many regard doubts as heresy, and shun disbelievers. This shows a lack of empathy and love – not to mention a lack of intelligence – on the part of the believers as we all enter a spiritual path because we are confused. Chanting compassionate prayers doesn’t mean we are compassionate.

We forget that all doubts can be cleared up, and that individuals need direction. Groups are made up of parts, and so have no inherent reality. They come and go. Failing to find clarity from a group, we leave (or get kicked out 😉 ) but the universe has a way of providing unusual, conduit outlets.

The mud – our complex human lives of dissatisfaction – is our path to enlightenment, teaching and nourishing the roots of the lotus. It is in the midst of our human suffering that we seek help to break free and bloom, in order to be truly what we already are.

While the flower rises above the mud, the roots remain in the mud as it is here where we live out our lives. We exist within two truths – the clear mirror and the reflections. The purity and the muddy water of concepts.

To rise above the mud requires understanding of the Buddha’s words. Faith may be our starting point, but we need to know directly, and that requires compassion for the global mud!

The Lotus is heaven.
The Mud is hell.
We clean off the mud with the soap of the teachings.
Finally, we rinse away the soap through dropping the meditation.
Don’t cling to the teachings: realisation is beyond the words.

In the first stage of meditation, we control our mind by focusing on something, such as the breath. Then, we relax into that which is aware of the breath. Gradually, we note that there is only awareness, which is the reality of what we are – pure consciousness. The meditation is dropped in the realisation that we are nothing other, and we come to rest in non-duality. That is what is meant by ‘dropping the meditation’. We now only meditate when we drift off and forget.

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THE ULTIMATE PRIZE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

The Ultimate Prize Is Consciousness 

Consciousness is either your prize,
or the prize of influencers.

When we realise consciousness, we realise that we are nothing other than consciousness. If we do not realise that we are consciousness, we will simply become the prize of others. In this way, society is divided, with those who argue about this and that, and those who watch the dance between influencers and the influenced.

Confusion is rampant.
Compliance is rampant.
Complacency is rampant.
Misleading media is rampant.
Normalising restrictions are rampant.
Division is rampant.

It is only through meditation that the mind becomes clear and free of bias, together with a proper understanding of the nature of everything. That clear seeing is pure consciousness.

Evil normalises restrictions so that the collective does not notice. We need a reason to be free, and this is it! Evil has always prized capturing and feeding off consciousness. If we tell a joke, we want people to laugh. If we promote incomplete truths or lies, we want people to believe us.

But if we tell the truth, don’t want people to believe us … we want them to know.

The ultimate prize is enlightenment.
Why settle for anything less?

In settling for less, we become entangled in constructs.

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TO TELL THE TRUTH, YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BELIEVE YOU

To Tell The Truth, You Don’t Want People To Believe You

You want them to know, themselves.

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WHAT IS HELL?

What Is Hell?

Hell is – our inability to drop our reactions.
Heaven is freedom from hell – we are able to drop our reactions.

Note: there is still a reaction!

Hell is the vicious cycle of existence in which we live. It’s our going up and down and round and round, seeking happiness and finding it, holding on to it and losing it, and seeking it again … in other words, it’s addiction.

In practical terms, hell is not letting go.

We will not drop our attitude, obsessions and trauma and, as a result, we suffer, become angry, suffer, become angry … it is this clinging that turns pure consciousness into a fixed state.

The secret teaching is that we are free in the moment of seeing what is happening. Why is this secret? There are those who don’t actually like us being free: those caught in hell cherish conflict and want us to join them. They become angry when we don’t, so we have to be watchful and skilful in order not to fuel their fixations.

Our entire life is one conflict between hell and heaven.
Hell is closed mindedness clinging to likes and dislikes.
Heaven is awareness, before hell sets in.

We are actually in both places at the same time,
being free in the moment of seeing.

How wonderful!

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DO WE USE SPIRITUALITY TO ESCAPE LIFE?

Do We Use Spirituality To Escape Life?

Spirituality is not about hiding away from desires and adversities.
Spirituality is living life to the full
– making life fruitful.

When we face the music, we are facing the consequences of our actions,
and we realise in that moment that we are free.

How wonderful!

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UNFORTUNATELY, WE’VE BEEN ASSIMILATED

Unfortunately, We’ve Been Assimilated

“Resistance is futile.”
“We are Borg”.

The Borg are TV aliens in Star Trek’s sci-fi series. Borg is a collective that thinks as one through the process of ‘assimilation’ transforming individual beings into drones by injecting nano-probes into their bodies, and surgically augmenting them with cybernetic components. The Borg’s ultimate goal is ‘achieving perfection’. The master race. Sound familiar?

Is there a correlation in human society? Certainly. We are where sci-fi writers get their information from – just the names and visuals change. We are watching our own imprisonment by assimilation.

‘Injecting nano-probes’ = ideas about a false reality, ingesting them through innocuous products*.

‘Augmented with cybernetic components’ = attached to smart technology and machines.

‘Achieving perfection’ = do and say what the others do and say, and be predictable.

If we think we are not Borg,
we think as the collective.
😀
The Borg is not allowed to protest.
Resistance is futile diligence.

All we have to do is recognise that we are stuck a collective loop,
and then we are free in the moment of seeing.

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*Nanotechnology, and specifically single wall carbon nanotubes, have already been successfully applied in hundreds of other applications including supercapacitors, lead-acid batteries, anti-icing coatings, scratch-resistant sunglasses, wind turbine blade composites, lightning strike protection, frying pan coatings…

Solvents: The solvents found in many glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, hard-surface cleaners, and oven cleaners contain EGBE, or 2-butoxyethanol, which evidence links to fertility problems in lab animals.

BPA (Bisphenol-A) is a chemical compound found in many consumer products including polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins used in food and drink packaging. However, evidence is accumulating that suggests that BPA may contribute to a variety of health problems.

Men who have been exposed to common chemicals known as parabens have lower testosterone levels and more sperm that are abnormally shaped and slow moving, according to a study that suggests these ingredients may contribute to infertility.

Adrenaline, cortisol, melatonin, and other hormones can affect your mood or even influence the health of your brain. Cortisol is a hormone released when you’re stressed. It’s helpful at times, but too much of it for too long can cause memory loss as you age.

The neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are specifically believed to be linked to mood and anxiety disorders. These neurotransmitter are in charge of regulating various bodily and mental functions.

We know that antipsychotics shrink the brain in a dose-dependent manner and benzodiazepines, antidepressants and ADHD drugs also seem to cause permanent brain damage.

Antidepressants may trigger hypomania or mania in some people. This may stop if you stop taking the antidepressant, but sometimes it may be a sign of bipolar disorder. In this case, you may be given a new diagnosis and different medication.

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YOU ARE ALREADY ENLIGHTENED

You Are Already Enlightened

That is what realisation means.
Wow!

We are led to believe that enlightenment is something at the end of a long journey. This is because we hear the word ‘path’, but the concept of a ‘path’ isn’t correct as realisation happens now, here.

The path is actually to nowhere!

If we think that enlightenment is something to achieve – somewhere to get to – we will never realise the truth. If we make a big deal about our spirituality, that is not spirituality. Religion stops at the point of disbelief, and realisation begins. We will never rest easy or feel good enough if we merely follow others’ insecurities. Feeling that realisation is something to achieve negates realisation. Realisation is coming a conclusion personally: it isn’t about repeating others’ spiritual words. That is just a matter of having a good memory, which is just a part of ordinary samsaric consciousness that leads to judgement and reactions.

Have you ever been to teachings or retreats and felt ‘not good enough’? We could go one of two ways: we can feel that this is not for us, or we can become immersed in conforming to some exotic mould. Either way, we end up in a meaningless state of feeling uncomfortable when questioned.

What if enlightenment was so simple, so plain, so utterly boring that, when realised, we go, “Wow, is that all? What a relief!”. We now taste everything fresh without memories, and then see what is, as it is. In the moment now, there is only tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing, touching – just sensations. We can enjoy the sensuality of everything … colours, scents, sounds, light, tactility, flavours … and then just drop this, without any lingering. What we then do will depend on the stability of realisation that is present.

Belief stops at the point of dis-belief.
Spirituality begins when dis-belief begins.

If belief is an acceptance that something exists or is true without proof,
then dis-belief is not accepting something said to be true without proof.

The dictionary states:
Disbelief: inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real.
We live in an idiotic world of confusion.

!Nothing is real!

If a thing is real, it has to be constant and can never not exist.
The only constancies are space, pure consciousness and mathmatical formulae.

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OMNISCIENT INDIFFERENCE: IT DOES MAKE ONE WONDER

Omniscient Indifference: It Does Make One Wonder

At this moment, the world (its ordinary people) is unable to function properly because it is in the grip of a variable pandemic of fear. Through fear, we seek help – but from whom?

Scientists? Politicians? God? The Enlightened ones?

Politicians and their scientists are managing this fear, and as usual it’s not making things better; we just become more reliant on whatever they tell us. That is how politicians and their scientists work, making us dependent and hopeful.

So people may turn to God or the Enlightened ones and again, it’s what we usually do when we don’t trust politicians and their scientists. But we’re then back in dependence and hope.

We may believe in long-ago stories of a supernatural nature, but such events do not happen in our presence. How does God – or the Enlightened ones – actually manifest in situations like this? With an idea of good things to come?

There is ordinary good and evil in this world, manifesting as selflessness and selfishness. We can all understand that. The world is in tenuous state and prospects for our future look terrifying, but it’s all an illusion.

Clearly, God and the Omniscient ones cannot do a thing.
Why not?
They don’t actually exist in the way that we think they exist.

All that exists is continuous pure consciousness,
called ‘God’ or ‘Enlightenment’.
It’s what we are.

Trying to be enlightened is denying enlightenment.
It’s like wanting the grass to be green when it’s already green!

Omniscience: the state of knowing everything.
Who knows everything?
Pure consciousness.

In an infinite universe, everything is made up of parts,
and therefore has no reality of its own.
Even our thoughts have no originality.
It’s very simple.

The past leaves a residue for us to follow:
we just have to know if it’s enlightening or not!

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